Case Study Of Yucca Mountain Repository

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Lindsey Kight
Period 4A
Nuclear Chemistry

Yucca Mountain Repository
Yucca mountain is a site that has been designed and proposed as the nations only nuclear waste repository. A repository is a place or building where something is stored, in this case, it is nuclear waste. Yucca Mountain is 80 miles north of Las Vegas. It has been appointed as the only area to be examined as the repository. Yucca Mountain was one of the sites proposed for nuclear waste containment as part of the Nuclear Waste Policy Act of 1982. Over ten years of prior study and nine sites, by 1987, Yucca Mountain was the only site left for consideration.
In 1987, the Nuclear Waste Policy Act was amended, and listed Yucca Mountain as the only site for exclusive study by the Department of Energy. This was the only site left based on several factors, including its desert location and its specific
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